Buffalo’s Stevie Johnson said he was “just having fun” when he mocked being shot in the thigh after a touchdown catch Sunday. He recognized after a 28-24 loss to Plaxico Burress and the Jets in East Rutherford, N.J., that his celebration hurt the Bills.
Actually, though, the Bills wide receiver was penalized 15 yards for another celebration following his 5-yard scoring catch that put Buffalo ahead 14-7 in the second quarter.
Johnson drew the flag for going to the ground while imitating the Jets’ “flight” celebration at the other side of the end zone.
“I was just having fun and part of having fun ended up being a penalty and a touchdown for the Jets,” Johnson said. “It was a stupid decision by myself.”
Burress, of course, served 20 months in prison for shooting himself in the leg in a nightclub in 2008 while he was with the Giants.
Asked if his demonstration was meant as a personal knock at Burress, Johnson said “not at all.”
“I can’t be doing that,” he added. “I cost my team seven points. I feel I cost our team a win.”
Burress, who made a spectacular catch on the Jets’ late drive for the winning touchdown, said he wasn’t aware of what Johnson did.
“I’ve seen worse, and I’ve heard worse,” Burress said of the incident. “So, it doesn’t bother me at all. The result I’m looking at is we won the football game … and he turned around and dropped three wide-open balls to lose it for his team.
“I mean, I’ve already been through the wringer with that whole situation, so I’ve dealt with it accordingly and put those things behind me. You’re going to see things, you’re going to hear things, or whatever it may be, but it doesn’t bother me at all.”
Peterson returns fourth punt for TD
Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals tied the NFL record by returning his fourth punt for a touchdown in the Cardinals’ 23-20 win at the St. Louis Rams.
The rookie returned a punt 80 yards in the third quarter to put the Cardinals ahead 20-10.
He was untouched as he raced up the middle of the field in becoming the fourth player with four punt returns in a season.
The others are Devin Hester (2007), Rick Upchurch (1978) and Jack Christiansen (1951). Christiansen was a rookie when he first set the record.
Earlier this month, Peterson beat the Rams with a 99-yard return in overtime.